Thursday, October 8, 2009
Please Don't Get My Hopes Up With Your Exclamation Marks
1) Editor in June: I am reading now and will be able to weigh in very soon! Thanks for your patience--more soon!" Three exclamation points. Now that's just cruel in light of the fact that exactly nine days later, she wrote "Thanks for your patience...I'm sorry it's not for me!"
2) Agent yesterday: "I'm reading this now--I'm still on jury duty so it's a bit hectic--I'll be back to you next week." This one was followed up one day later with, "It's a bit too offbeat for me."
3) Agent who has had the manuscript since August: "I'm still reading your novel, but will be in touch soon about it." That message came on September 3rd....still no word.
Don't you think it would be better if they just waited to get to the end of the manuscript (or to the page they decide to stop on) and tell you no thanks?